Cheaper fuel tops the list of demands on the government’s new e-petition web site – ahead of capital punishment, legalising cannabis and EU membership.
The petition by Robert Halfon MP and Fair Fuel UK, has so far gained 18,483 e-signatures (at 8th August).
The petition says: “High petrol and diesel prices are crippling our economy. Many motorists now pay a tenth of their income just to fill up the family car, and millions of families are suffering. Businesses are under immense pressure, especially the road freight industry. But petrol and diesel are now so astronomically expensive, it is costing the Government money. This is because fewer people can afford to drive, leading to lower tax revenues. Therefore, this petition calls on the Government to:
1) Scrap the planned 4p fuel duty increases, which are scheduled for January and August 2012.
2) Create a price stabilisation mechanism that smooths out fluctuations in the pump price.
3) Pressure big oil companies to pass on cheaper oil to motorists.
4) Set up a Commission to look at market competitiveness, and radical ways of cutting fuel taxes in the longer term.
The Fair Fuel Campaign is supported by the RAC, FTA and RHA and is now working in partnership with an all party working group lead by Robert Halfon MP.
You can find the petition at: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/